This just happened around an hour ago, and was pretty random, so I thought I'd tell somebody.
Anyways, we had gotten a wok from a game that we play every Christmas, and had never used it for an entire year-and-a-half, so I thought that since I had some experience with stir-fry, I'd cook something tonight. So, last night I went ahead and cooked the rice, and this evening I opened the wok (it was still wrapped up in plastic from the store), and washed it off a bit.
Later on, I was heating it up, and smelled kind of a sharp, burning smell. Checking under the burner, I saw it was a bit crusty, and that satisfied me for the moment. Then I slowly started to put some oil into the wok (smart move...)
My dad said, "Careful, you don't want it to burn," but I was sure that what I was doing was fine, so I just went ahead and poured two tablespoons into the wok. Then it started to sizzle and pop, and then the oil caught on fire, with the burner set to the next-to-highest heat setting.
With my quick thinking, I rushed over to the sink and sat it in there with my right hand, and then with my left cut the water on. *HISS!* *SIZZLE!* *BURN!* As the entire 16" wok lit up with huge flames, and then died down rather quickly, I freaked out, in my head. Luckily, neither I, still standing at the sink, or my dad, who had been cutting chicken there, was burnt, at all.
So the moral is, DO NOT put vegetable oil (or any other kind) into a hot pan. Pour it into the pan, put it on the burner, and let it get hot with the pan. If it catches on fire then put it in the sink, but DO NOT turn the water on. It will explode in fire, possibly causing bodily or property damage.
And that's my story. It was funnier in person, although the moral is still there. I'm not cooking stir-fry again for a month. Have a nice day.